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Blue-Green Algae Causes Burlington Beach Closure
by Rebekah Weber

Monday’s closure of two popular beaches in Burlington is a stark reminder of why Vermont’s focus on water quality is so timely and important. Sightings of blue-green algae along the Burlington shoreline prompted low alert warnings last Friday and led to beach closures in the area earlier this week.

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Settlement on Large Transmission Project Adds Benefits for Communities, Environment, and Climate
by Sandy Levine

Conservation Law Foundation recently reached a settlement in a Vermont permitting case for a large new electric transmission project proposed by TDI-NE. The settlement adds significant benefits to a project planned to bring additional power from Canada into New England. The settlement ensures that the power being transmitted comes from hydro, wind, and solar projects…

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Governor Shumlin Signs Landmark Clean Water Bill in Vermont
by Chris Kilian

Today Governor Shumlin signed legislation known as H.35, which takes significant first steps toward cleaning up the devastating pollution that plagues Vermont’s waterways. CLF has pushed for years for government action to clean up Lake Champlain and other waterways in the state, and I was pleased to stand beside Governor Shumlin today as he signed this historic bill into law.

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New Legislation in Vermont
by Sandy Levine

It was a long and tiring Legislative session this year in Vermont. On a very warm Saturday in May, Vermont’s legislators headed home. But not before making some good progress on key CLF priorities. Clean Water The key water quality bill, H.35,  focused on Lake Champlain. It sets a roadmap for further work. It provides…

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A Potent Combination
by Laurie O'Reilly

In late 2013, an EPA report found that, over the next 30 years, climate change could increase phosphorus levels in Lake Champlain by an average of 30%. The report’s implications for nutrient-impaired waters across the country are significant – more pollution, and its devastating by-products, will only stress our waters more.

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Clean Solutions for Dirty Water
by Laurie O'Reilly

Our most iconic waterscapes – Cape Cod, Great Bay, Lake Champlain, and Narragansett Bay – are slowly being choked by nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution is traced to fertilizer runoff from agriculture and lawns, animal waste from factory farms, and overflowing sewage. CLF is fighting against nutrient pollution and for clean water in New England.

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Progress Report: Clean Water
by Laurie O'Reilly

When it comes to clean water in New England, two big challenges stand in the way: nutrient pollution and stormwater runoff. CLF is working to solve these challenges by pushing local and state governments and the EPA to enforce clean water laws and hold polluters accountable for their damage.

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#ACleanLakeStartsHere
by Anthony Iarrapino

Riding the single chair ski lift to 3637′ summit of General Stark’s Mountain at Mad River Glen is among my life’s great pleasures. The lift pulls you ever upward through the forest at treetop height. You sit comfortably in solitude soaking it all in. The experience imparts a sense of serenity that competes with the giddy anticipation of the long, fast descent that…

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Cleaning Up Lake Champlain: Real Progress At Last?
by Chris Kilian

Vermont’s green mountains, open fields, and compact villages have made the state a living example of how to balance development and a healthy environment. But Vermont stands at a crossroads. Sprawling development is paving rural landscapes and endangering our quality of life. Polluted runoff from agricultural lands and poorly planned suburban development is dumping phosphorus…

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On Irene Anniversary: Lakekeeper Looks for Lessons Learned
by Anthony Iarrapino

Next week, Vermonters will mark an anniversary many of us would rather forget.  It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the deluge of Tropical Storm Irene caused destructive flooding in much of the state.  Federal, state, and charitable organizations are still working to help the storms victims recover (the Vermont Irene…